In a state that prides itself on its progressivism, it’s rather ironic disabled and elderly New Yorkers have needlessly difficult lives--in part because of what our local governments do--or don’t do. The state has shortchanged and underfunded both independent living centers and the Long Term Care Ombudsperson Program for decades--which is really the only means residents and their families have for recourse, enforcement and oversight of New York’s nursing and adult homes and assisted living facilities. In New York City, it’s well documented how inferior the mass transit system is, in terms of an array of issues like accessibility and the dysfunction of Access-A-Ride. In fact, there’s currently a lawsuit pending against NYC Transit, the MTA and the city of NY because of the lack of subway access, and the lead plaintiff in that suit is here. Furthermore, the House of Representatives recently voted to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act. Welcome back, Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled-NY (CIDNY).